Functional analysis: A simple worked example of a (fictional!) case

Functional analysis Functional analysis is a model of psychological formulation designed to understand the functions of human behaviour. It has its origins in behavioural psychology. At its core, functional analysis assumes that all behaviour is learned, and that all behaviours serve some purpose. This applies equally to challenging behaviours (such as violence or self-harm) as …

Music as a metaphor in psychology – thoughts from a forensic psychologist

Music as a metaphor in psychology Dr Simon Duff discusses music as a metaphor and an inspiration in formulation and forensic psychology The work that we do is demanding and complex. For that reason I find that it is useful to seek inspiration to help me, wherever it springs from. The great Steve Perry sang, …

Male suicide and barriers to seeking help – thoughts from a Forensic Psychologist

Suicide is the leading cause of death for males under age 50 in the UK. Understanding and reducing this risk is a core concern for forensic psychology. I recently heard on the news that as many as 84 men take their own lives every week in the UK. This perhaps should not have been surprising …